MARGARET MARY MOORE

Margaret was born on 9th October 1930 in Randwick, the second daughter of Marshall and Lillian Delves. She was educated at Brigidine College Randwick and has remained a loyal ex-student of the school for the past 77 years.

From the age of four Margaret was involved in broadcasting through singing - the start of a long and prosperous career. She studied dancing, piano and acting as a child. From an early age Margaret was a gifted Musician, winning state prizes and taking on her first paid performance for radio (earning 2 guineas) while in Year 9.

Margaret completed high school at the age of 16 and, as one of the top 200 graduates in NSW, entered Sydney University as an Exhibition winner to complete her Bachelor of Arts Degree with honours. At the same time she studied piano with Frank Hutchens at the Conservatorium of Music.

The Sydney University Musical Society was a significant part of Margaret's life and she continued to perform as a soloist, broadcasting for the ABC and touring the country. In the early 1950s Margaret performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a concert pianist for the ABC's first harpsichord broadcast. She recorded numerous live-to-air performances at venues such as the Sydney Town Hall and Art Gallery and during her career as a concert pianist, worked with a host of well known international musicians including Neville Amadio, Joseph Post and Eugene Prokop.

At the age of 26 Margaret turned down an offer to become the official harpsichordist for the ABC in order to take up a cadetship as a radio producer and director. During the early days of Margaret's career in radio she worked in the Education and Music Departments, producing shows such as Kindergarten of the Air and English for New Australians.

In early 1956 Margaret was selected as one of six producers who where to introduce television to the ABC with the launch of Channel 2. She always described these days as frantically hectic, but very exciting as she worked in programming for women's, children's religious, news and even sports shows! One of her earliest achievements in TV was producing the game show, Find the Link.

In 1959 Margaret married Robert Moore whom she had met in the 1953 Genesian Theatre production, Lady of Fatima. As was the custom in those days, she was required to resign from the ABC on marriage, however , returned on a part-time basis through to the 1970s while raising her family.

During this time Margaret was instrumental in the early days of Suzuki music teaching in Australia. She went on to have a long and treasured association with the Suzuki Association, sharing her love of music with the many children she taught over the last forty years.

Margaret and Robert raised five beautiful children - Nicholas, Martin, Brigid, Philippa and Kate and have been loving and devoted grandparents to Emma, Olivia, Eliza, James and Benjamin. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 17th October, 2009.

In later life, Margaret took immense pleasure in travelling the world and remained keenly interested in world affairs, Sydney University gatherings and of course classsical music concerts.

Above all she was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. Her gentle and loving nature will be fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

 

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